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High Fives Non-Profit Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health

Mission: Mission - The High Fives Foundation supports the dreams of outdoor action sports athletes by raising injury prevention awareness while providing resources and inspiration to those who suffer life-altering injuries. Vision - The High Fives Foundation is the safety net of the outdoor action sports community.

Results: To date 206 athletes have been assisted by the High Fives Non-Profit Foundation - Empowerment Fund, from 31 different states.

Target demographics: Athletes that suffer a life-altering injury while pursuing a dream in an outdoor action sport.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 200

Geographic areas served: United States

Programs: Empowerment Fund, CR Johnson Healing Center, B.A.S.I.C.S, and Military to the Mountain are the four Program Services of the High Fives Foundation.

Community Stories

343 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi Fives has been a true blessing. On July 3rd I broke my neck at the C5 level in a diving accident. I love being outdoors enjoying activities like surfing, hiking, and biking. My passion for bikes led me to averaging between 75-100 miles per week with various cycling groups. Not being able to enjoy any of these activities has really taken a toll on me mentally since my injury. I can’t wait to get my new Top End hand cycle that High Fives is funding for me. I also am very excited to come out to Truckee to have the opportunity to further progress my recovery and learn more about the options available to help lead and exciting life. Every interaction I’ve had with High Fives has been first class and has gave me hope that life can be amazing post injury.

Tony K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I recently was paralyzed from the nipple level down, in a downhill mountain biking accident at Whistler Bike Park in August of 2021.

7 months later, I applied and was awarded a grant from High Fives Foundation towards the purchase of a Bowhead Adaptive mountain bike. I can't believe I'll be able to hit the trails again so soon. High Fives is a foundation that gave me a lot of hope during my recovery. They are awesome!

JustinHirshfield

Client Served

Rating: 5

I broke my back riding motocross in 2001. It left me paralyzed. Over the years since my accident, sit skiing has replaced my passion for dirtbikes. I gradually got better and have had the opportunity to become independent on the ski mountain. Reaching out to High Fives has absolutely helped me by gaining access to resources and equipment to help me continue to get better and live a more fulfilling life as a person with disabilities. I truly wish that others like myself would reach out and apply for assistance to gain access to pursue fun things that fulfill! Thank you Hive Fives!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been truly fortunate to spend my life outdoors enjoying snow skiing, backpacking and kayaking. These activities, and more, were at the forefront of my retirement plans three years ago. That all changed with one non-spectacular fall while skiing in 2019. My incomplete C4 SCI left me with significant physical challenges that prevent almost all of the outdoor activities I love. Since then I have been astounded by the shear number of people, especially young people, who are impacted by similar injuries. I learned of the High Fives Foundation through rehab and friends that have directly benefited from their generosity. I was fortunate to be selected for a grant to help me with a recumbent e-trike. The ability to go fast and feel the wind in my face again is truly wonderful! Being able to get outside and have fun makes a huge difference in my life. I'm currently working on my endurance to be able to participate in the Cycle to the Sea fundraising ride (for ASAP adaptive sports) from Charlotte, NC to Myrtle Beach, SC. Seeing the number of people that this organization has helped is remarkable and life changing. My thanks to all who help bring so much hope to me and those who need it.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was injured mountain biking in 2019. For the last three years, I have struggled to find anything's positive; adventure and independence defined me. I am finally starting to look forward to the future and step one is to become as self reliant as possible. High Fives awarded me a generous grant that will allow me to make my bathroom accessible with the goal of becoming completely independent in my personal care. This is a huge step for me and will really allow me to move forward with a purpose. I am so very greatful to this organization and look forward to the positive experience they bring to all of us.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The High Fives Foundation is so amazing and what they do for people with paralysis is so heart warming. I am finally able to get out on the ski slopes with the freedom and independence of having my own sit ski that they funded! I am so excited!

Tobias R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

In fall of 2020 I was injured while riding my mountain bike. The injury left me with total left arm paralysis. This new reality has effected every aspect of my life, and I have been struggling to retain the things that give my life joy. Mountain biking was a big part of that, and High Fives is helping to make it possible for me to afford to get the specialty equipment I will need to make riding again a reality. I could not be more pleased with the assistance and support High Fives is providing for me.

Client Served

Rating: 5

After my injury, I had so many things taken from me, High Fives has provided me, along with so many others, a great chance to get back to living a normal life. Truly an incredible organization!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The work that High Fives does makes huge impacts on the lives of so many - including mine. High Fives is providing me support to help me reach my goals and I cannot thank them enough for what they do. I am forever grateful!

John P.15

Client Served

Rating: 5

It is an honor to be part of the High Fives family! I am a Marine Corps Veteran as well as a prior law enforcement officer. I am now an “above the knee” (AK) amputee and keep pushing forward, one step at a time.

While in the Marine Corps, I injured my knees and then in 2005 I began a surgical journey that would soon lead to 23 surgeries on my left leg, eventually resulting in a life-changing above the knee amputation. This ended my career in law enforcement in where I was a Field Training Officer, Mounted Patrol Officer, Evidence Technician, Field Investigator, and SWAT member.

While it has been a long and hard road, I continue to overcome each and every obstacle that comes my way, yet I still seek new challenges because that is what keeps me going! I am now a “three track”, or one-legged alpine ski racer with goals of becoming an elite athlete. My dedication and life experience helps me to succeed and endure through times of challenge and injury.

With the help of High Fives, I am able to continue pursuing my passion and goals! Thank you again to all of the High Fives staff and family!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

High fives has helped me get back to doing what I love!

January 18th of 2021 I broke my back at T12 in a skiing accident, at the time I was 17. Although I loved skiing upon further reflection I realized that my biggest loss was my ability to go on camping and fishing trips with my dad. High fives is helping me regain strength in my legs to navigate campsites and fund an adaptive canoe seat to help me paddle just as strong as I did before the accident. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with high fives and look forward to working with them in the future!

Client Served

Rating: 5

In 2011, I suffered a T4 spinal cord injury leaving my paralyzed from the chest down. After years of medical issues, recently, I was finally able to get in a sit ski. To say skiing completely changed the quality of my life would be an understatement. Nothing compares to the freedom and joy sit skiing produces. However, I quickly realized that without my own equipment, I would not be able to progress to the level of skiing I know that I am capable of, as I cannot get on the mountain frequently enough and it is hard to tailor program's skis to meet my level of injury. Thanks to the High Fives Foundation, this is no longer an issue! I will now be able to ski freely and unlock a level of freedom and happiness that I have yet to experience. Words cannot express how grateful I am to the High Fives Foundation and their life changing work.

Brenden D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Brenden Doyle, I sustained a spinal cord injury two years ago while skydiving. I am an Army veteran of nine years and a hard charging athlete. After receiving the diagnosis that I would never be able to walk again I thought my life was over. A few months later I found out about the HighFives foundation and applied for a grant for a piece of adaptive equipment that would get me back into the mountains with my friends. Without the HighFives foundation I would have never been able to afford this piece of equipment. I will forever be grateful to them as it will provide me with years of independent fun and adventures!

johnny13

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a injured first responder and Marine veteran. The injury changed my life, I'm still trying to piece it back together. The daily struggles can be quite depressing. High Fives has offered the help I need to get back on track. I was introduced to them with an invitation to participate in their Military to the Mountains program. It takes disabled veterans into the mountains to learn how to ski. I cant even describe how energizing it was for me when I had my first lesson. They also provide grants to purchase adaptive sports equipment, I'm hoping to get a adaptive bicycle that will enable me to ride the trails with my K-9. I can think of no words that adequately express my appreciation. Thank you for putting life back in my life.

Ryan C.7

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am constantly amazed at the world and how generous it can be. To my surprise I was blown away that an organization like High Fives existed and could help someone like me get back into active sports. I've been an athlete my entire life. Started martial arts and Kendo and golf at the age of 5. Ran nationally for cross country and track and played a lot of different sports growing up. One of my favorite things was of course skiing and snowboarding - I got injured when I was 19 snowboarding and it changed me life in an instant. I was paralyzed and suffered massive injuries - about 2 years and 15 surgeries later I had to really shift my mindset on what I wanted to do with my life. I could sit around and feel sorry for myself or do everything I can and live my life to the fullest. I started monoskiing about 6 years ago and loved it. I try to go with my friends every season and didn't think I could one day own my own ski and shred around the world! Thanks so much! This is a life changer!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

High Fives Foundation has made my life much easier! After an ATV accident in 2019 resulting of a spinal cord injury & brain injury. Every day life is not always easy. While my wife is a full time working mom, I am responsible for our two boys during the day. Both are now in school so getting in and out of my truck taking my wheel chair completely apart is such a hassle. Especially in inclement weather. I am so looking forward to the improvement of my day to day life that High Five has helped me achieve. I am so honored to be chosen for this grant. I can't even begin to say thank you enough. So, a big warm thank you for this opportunity.



Client Served

Rating: 5

High 5s has awarded me some much needed funding to support my adventures. These funds are helping me get closer to having a Bowhead of my own. Having a custom sized piece of adaptive equipment is expensive, but makes getting outside so much more fun. Next spring it's full steam ahead! Thanks to High 5s!

Sean M.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was injured in a motocross crash in 2012 that left me paralyzed from T5 down. I have been wanting to get back to riding off-road in any capacity since then. High Fives Foundation was kind enough to award me a grant to help me get a motorized mountain bike. I cannot state enough how much this means to me and how excited I am to get back to riding. The amount of people they help every year is truly incredible! Thanks for everything!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi my name is Joe Maher!

All my life I've had a passion for riding BMX, mountain bikes, and motocross. Back in 2001 at the age of 28 I was injured in a motocross accident that left me paralyzed from the waist down. That day forever changed my life by taking away my ability to walk and leaving me confined to a wheelchair.

However, I chose to overcome adversity by persevering and not letting my disability stop me from being an athlete and achieving my goals in life. Now my life passions and goals have taken a different direction. Over the years, I have competed in several adaptive sports. But, it wasn't until I was introduced to adaptive mountain biking that I was able to feel the thrill and adrenaline rush I got from racing motocross.

As we all know in the wheelchair community that adaptive sports equipment can be very expensive. Therefore, this year I applied for the High Fives Foundation grant to help with the purchase of a adaptive mountain bike. To my surprise, I was fortunate and blessed to be awarded the grant.

This grant will allow to be one step closer to reaching my goals and making my dreams a reality. Having an adaptive mountain bike will give me the freedom and independence to explore places that I am not able to in my everyday wheelchair. Now, I will be able to get back out riding with family and friends enjoying nature and local recreational trails. I will be able to travel and go on new adventures riding mountain bike trails across the country and visiting national parks.

I just want to give a shout out and say thank you to the High Fives Foundation for helping me to continue living life to the fullest and return to my passion of mountain biking enjoying the outdoors and nature.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't say enough good things about the High Fives Foundation. I recently applied and received a grant for an adaptive mountain bike. Mountain biking was a big part of life before my spinal cord injury in 2006. Since then I have not been able to enjoy mountain biking. Until now! I wanted to get mountain bike that fit all my needs from quick bike park rides to overnight bikepacking trips. The bike that fit that need is way beyond what I can afford out of pocket but with the help of a grant from the High Fives Foundation that is now a reality. I can't wait to receive my bike and begin tearing up the trails. Thank you High Fives!!

Lena S.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I sustained a T8 spinal cord injury from a head on car collision with a semi-truck during my senior year of high school. I had always been very active competing in varsity sports all through out high school and was lucky enough to get involved with a community group of fellow wheelies early on in my recovery who helped me realize that I could still do the same things I did before, just adapted. However one thing that never quite felt the same was hiking. I was fortunate to grow up near the mountains and loved being outside and going on trails, but the adaptations for doing such just wasn't the same. Either the pathways were too flat and paved or someone had to carry me. It wasn't until I discovered adaptive mountain biking that I realized this was the solution to my longing for the mountains. When looking into how much freedom would cost me it was demoralizing to say the least. As people with disabilities we already have higher expenses than the average person because of health reasons or just daily living modifications that are needed, so to add additional modifications to a bike is not easy to afford. Luckily, someone told me about High Fives Foundation and they gave me a grant to go towards my mountain bike to help offset the large cost. Now because of High Fives I am able to return to the mountains that I once loved and access trails I didn't think I'd ever see again. Not only that but they offered their help with anything that I may be interested in and also introducing me to outdoor sports I didn't even know existed for someone in my position. Because of them I am able to figuratively and literally reach higher mountains. Thank you High Fives!

Harjot T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hey y'all,

My name's Harjot Thandi, but I go by the nickname Happy. 28 years old and living in Squamish, BC my entire life.

For those of you that don't know, Squamish is referred to as "The Outdoor Capital of Canada" and the people that live and visit here are just as amazing as the views and activities. With plenty to do here, a lot of the residents are highly active in a lit if sports. Snowboarding is a huge passion of me, along with Kiteboarding with I just got into a few years ago, but those boards are gonna have to be hung up on the wall as I switch to a sit-ski and find some way to fabricate a "sit-wakeboard" for myself. But aside from these sports, there's one that really stands out out here and that's mountain biking.

A motorcycle crash back in April of 2021 left me completely paralyzed below my T3 vertebrae. While adjusting to ever at rehab, and getting used to my capabilities, I was introduced to this organization through another patient. After doing a bit of research and seeing the positive results of their athletes I couldn't help but check to see if I qualify for a grant.

Thank you to this organization, for helping me out by partially funding a sick new Bowhead bike! I'll be back up in those mountains drinking that end of the day brew while enjoying a sunset in no time!

And thank you to all of the sponsors for making that happen, you've all helped out a lot of us and we can't be more grateful.

And to all the future High Five Athletes, can't wait to see y'all send it

Cheers

Client Served

Rating: 5

Getting paralyzed was never on my bucket list. Especially when i was only 16. I have always loved the water and boats, I had a sitski that I really enjoyed but after jumping it, i realized i needed a wakeboard. My dad and I made a wakeboard using the cage from my skitski and some Velcro to hold my feet on. It got the job done but over the years my experience level has grown and the homemade board is no longer enough for me. Thanks to High Fives foundation I will be able to keep improving my skill level and also have the ability to teach other people with disabilities how to enjoy the water on a board! Thanks High Fives.

Client Served

Rating: 5

On July 17, 2021, I was involved in a horrible mountain biking accident rendering me a T-5 complete paraplegic.

Just a few days after my accident, I found out about High Fives. I knew I wanted to return to mountain biking and High Fives would be a part of that return. Mountain biking has brought me so much joy in my life, I can't imagine not being able to enjoy the sport. Having a Spinal Cord Injury doesn't mean I can't mountain bike, it just means I'll be mountain biking using different equipment.

One of the most critical things for me in the early days of my injury was knowing that there were other people in the world with similar injuries living full lives. Seeing the High Fives community thriving and growing has been phenomenal. I am excited to receive a grant to get back to doing what I love to do. I am excited to be a part of the growing inclusive High Fives Ohana!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Brady Sprik and I used to be extremely active in sports prior to my accident that left me an incomplete T5 Para. I played, baseball, basketball, football and track. I really didn't have the opportunity or want, to participate in adaptive sports initially because of the location of where we live and opportunities that were available to me. I applied for a grant to help purchase a hand cycle and I am so excited that I was one of the lucky ones to have my grant approved from High Fives. I am very excited that High Fives is giving me this opportunity to help purchase an adaptive bike , to be able to get outdoors more and to get some exercise in too. Thank you High Fives Brady Sprik, Platte SD

Client Served

Rating: 5

In 2017, four days before my senior year of high school, I was injured trying to preform a stunt on a trampoline. I unfortunately came up short and broke my neck resulting in a c6/c7 spinal cord injury. Before my injury I lived almost every second of everyday outside experiencing nature, adventure, and adrenaline. To say I was an adrenaline junkie would be the say least so of course I flocked to mountain biking. Mountain biking quickly became my number one passion in life and I rode almost everyday and was planning to race in college. After my accident I quickly came to realize that my love for adventure, the outdoors, and mountain biking was all stripped away from me, or at least that's what I thought before I found the High Fives Foundation. What drew me towards High Fives was not only were they giving people like me the opportunity to get their lives back but their mission statement and the things and sports they promote is parallel to my life and the strive for adventure. Becoming a High Fives athlete and being awarded a grant to pursue my passion and be able to obtain an adaptive mountain bike has absolutely changed my life and has brought back a love that was thought to be unattainable after my injury. The High Fives Foundation truly changes lives. Thank you High Fives!

Client Served

Rating: 5

For years I have watched and admired this organization. I would read or hear stories of High-Fives athletes that would lift me up, motivate, and inspire me. Now, 18 yrs after a dirt bike accident that forced me to adapt my whole life, High-fives was here to help me when I needed them most, as they welcomed me into their community of incredible athletes.
As most adaptive athletes will agree, the accident that caused us to have to adapt is only the beginning of our challenge. Particularly, in the SCI community, many of my peers agree that we would rather live without the ability to walk, than with the residual effects that our injuries have had. People always ask “what happened to you?” And always before answering I think, ‘what hasn’t happened to me!?’ People often see only one of our challenges, but almost all of us continue fighting a lot of other challenges that no one sees. When High-fives sees something in us as athletes it means so much more than getting financial support to afford adaptive equipment we might not otherwise afford on our own, but we become part of an amazing community that holds each other accountable to our goals and pushes each other constantly to be the best version of ourselves despite any of the residual challenges any of us face.
In addition to helping me get back on my own mountain bike, and back on the trails doing the activity I love most with people I love most, High-fives has made me part of something so much bigger than my own passion and I am so excited to journey forward with them, and spread their stoke to everyone.

Laura L.19

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm so thankful to HighFives for helping my daughter pursue a sport that she found after her accident. In February of 2021, she was climbing boulders with her brother in the foothills of Albquerque when some boulders moved, pinning and crushing her from her hips down. She had 22 injuries, spent 5 weeks in the hospital, and has had 7 surgeries so far. As of yet, her leg is not fully healed and she is not able to wear a prosthetic, so being able to be granted a sports chair is MORE THAN AMAZING. She's so excited to have her own "sports car!" We're very grateful to High Fives for making this process simple for us and for helping our sweet girl to get a chair personally fitted to her. BIG BIG BIG thanks to High Fives.

Monique Kelley

Client Served

Rating: 5

On January 8th, 2018 I was driving home from picking up my brother's ashes who had just passed away in a road rage incident 3 weeks prior. An hour into my trip, I hit a patch of black ice and flipped the vehicle several times before ultimately wrapping it around a tree. I was partially ejected, pinned underneath the upside down vehicle, and had broken my back. I was paralyzed from the chest down instantly. My 5 year old son made it out of the crash without a scratch and ended up saving my life by going for help as I had fallen unconscious. I was rescued by paramedics and later given life saving surgery to stabilize my spine. fast forward 3.5 years, I was given the opportunity to try adaptive surfing in the pacific north west where I reside. This instilled a confidence in me I had never experienced before. I have been training since May of this year. Through another adaptive athlete from my hometown, I learned about High Fives and was recently awarded a grant from them. This grant will help me further my training and help make me as independent as possible on the ocean. I cried at the news of this grant being awarded. High Fives is making a tremendous impact on my life and the lives of so many other adaptive athletes. There support means the absolute world to me.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was involved in a dirt bike accident 11/30/19 and as a result am a T1 Incomplete SCI victim. I reached out to High Fives regarding a grant for a new sit ski and was awarded $3,500 which is a huge help. This foundation is so amazing and I'm honored that they have helped me get back outdoors where I belong. I would recommend anyone who loves the outdoors and is going through a life altering injury such has a SCI to give High Fives a call.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It takes a village to achieve some of your biggest goals so to have the support of High Fives means the world to me. At 16 years old, after a motocross accident, I thought my life was over. I thought that sport was no longer going to be part of my life. Now, I am here chasing big dreams, in hopes to compete for Canada, and I couldn't have done it without the support of nonprofits like High Fives.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As an avid outdoors person, I was doing what I loved to do…hike! It was a beautiful fall day in Oct. when my feet slipped on loose gravel & I fell 80 ft. down a mountainous terrain shattering my T7 vertebrae. Now living a different way of life as a paraplegic and years of set-backs and surgeries, I am so ready to “GET UP, GET OUT, GET TRAIL BIKING” in the beautiful Colorado mtns. with my TrailRider handcycle . Thanks to High Fives Foundation I get to again! That’s independence at its best & living my best life with a disability!

NickAllie B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I grew up riding dirt bikes and have always loved the outdoors. I was paralyzed from a bike accident when I was 15. I'm now married and have a 2 year old daughter that I want to explore the mountains with. High Fives has made that possible with a grant for a Mako Off-road Handcycle and we are so excited! Thank you High Fives for making this possible!

Client Served

Rating: 5

High Fives Foundation has offered me a grant to help me get back out into the mountains of Colorado via funding for an adaptive mountain bike. Seeing how they offer funding throughout multiple times of the year is incredible and it's great to see how many people they've served. I also appreciate their care for the people they give their grants to. Having me fill out my goals for my future equipment really helped me get clear on my aspirations and of what is possible!
Overall High Fives is a great foundation!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had just turned 25 when I was in an accident in Mendocino National Forest that broke my neck and left me paralyzed with a C6-C7 cervical spinal cord injury.

Growing up I spent all of my time outdoors with my family hiking, camping, fishing, swimming, snowboarding, horse-back riding, zip lining, visiting the beach, and so much more. We tried everything imaginable to our young minds! I spent every summer at camp and had a strong passion for the outdoors. Before my accident I had always imagined sharing these experiences with my own son throughout his years growing up. He was only 6 years old when I was injured and I started to believe I would never have the opportunity to do any of these things with him ever again.

That was until High Fives empowered me to take my life back! Their support has provided me with an opportunity to receive an all-terrain wheelchair so that I can visit the sand, the snow, go on camping trips through rough uneven terrain, and so much more. High Fives made the impossible seem possible again and this organization not only positively impacted my own life, but my sons young life too.

Andrew K.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

High Fives is an amazing organization. They not only provide the financial resources as well as support to help those fight the odds to recover from life changing events and injuries but they provide a community and family for like minded individuals. They help athletes return to where they belong and encourage people to push beyond what they were told possible. High Fives inspires people everyday through their organization and their athletes. I could not dream of returning to the trails again to ride if not for the support of High Fives. I feel so welcomed and apart of a family. I feel like I have a purpose again thanks to High Fives and the opportunities they have created.

Client Served

Rating: 5

High Fives has been nothing but amazing. What they do for individuals with life changing injuries is life changing. I would not be able to get access to the mountain bike equipment without their contribution. They are going to help me get back to the trails finally and on my own equipment to explore wherever I like. Additionally, they have helped many of my friends and I have only ever heard good things about what they do or even those that work for them. The environment is always loving and giving everyone the best opportunity they can post injury.

Client Served

Rating: 5

High Fives is a great organization that helps people get back into the outdoors and recreating again after life changing injuries. Individual grants, recreational sports camps, and partnering with other great non-profits are all ways they have helped me and others rebuild their lives through sports. Thanks High Fives!

soniarose

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was injured in 2006 when I was 20 years old. I was on a camping trip with friends when a drunk driver drove through our campsite and ran me over while I was sleeping. As a result, my spine was crushed, and my spinal cord was severed at T10.

Prior to my injury I spent most of my feee time in the mountains of Northern NM. Camping, hiking, skiing you name it. I always felt most alive and at peace in nature. Having that taken away from me for the past 15 years was really difficult and frustrating for me. The all-terrain hiking wheelchair I was awarded by the High Fives Foundation will allow me to once again access the mountains I’m surrounded by and grew up in. Finally having the equipment I need to get up hills, over rough terrain and through sand and snow will allow me to fully enjoy the place I live once again. Most importantly, thanks to the High Fives Foundation, I’ll finally get the opportunity to experience countless new adventures with my 10 year old daughter. 

Client Served

Rating: 5

In 2015 I was in a motor vehicle accident that left me paralyzed ( C5 spinal cord injury). Before my accident I spent all my free time in the mountains skiing, hiking and dirt biking. With the severity of my injury, it's been much harder to get back out doing mountain activities. Receiving a grant from The High Fives foundation for an adaptive Mountain bike gives me the freedom to explore the Mountains independently like I did before I was injured! I am incredibly grateful to High Fives for giving me this opportunity!

Makenzie E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I was 15 years old I was injured in a car accident near my fathers ranch in Idaho. Ever since I have been a T3 paraplegic. While I have been able to remain active in a variety of ways the one thing I have missed the most is hiking in the mountains. However, now 15 years later, thanks to the High Fives Foundation grant I am going to experience the mountains again in an active way on a Mako adaptive bike!! This past year I have been able to meet others who are also High Fives grant recipients and they have all inspired and motivated me in countless ways to be more adventurous, brave and kind! Thank you High Fives! I am beyond PUMPED and so grateful to be a High Fives athlete as I know even more amazing memories are going to be created now. - Mak

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

March 2, 2002 I was out with a group of Friends riding my dirt bike at the sand dunes. A bad wind storm began. We decided to be safe and return to our camp and wait for the storm to pass. Unfortunately on this ride back to camp I had a bad accident. I broke my back at my T-12 vertebrae causing a Spinal Cord Injury and paralysis from my waist down. As I Paraplegic I have strived to always STAY POSITIVE and continue living my Life the same as before my accident only now I do things sitting down. I heard about The High Fives Foundation and after learning more about it, I Admired everything about this group. I really wanted to be a part of such an Awesome group of people in situations like mine! One of the sports I have wanted to return to was Surfing. I reached out to The High Fives Foundation and applied for a grant for a Mac Waveski to help me accomplish my goal of Surfing. I feel Very Lucky and Blessed that my grant application was approved! The members of the High Fives Foundation have been Great Welcoming into their Family and helping myself and others like me to achieve our goals. I’m Very Grateful for the opportunity to be a part of The High Fives Foundation, to continue chasing my goals, and also to Hopefully help others in the future!

Client Served

Rating: 5

After a motor vehicle accident left me paralyzed from the chest down I was restricted on activities I was able to do. Oh I kept telling myself “someday” I will be able to get a piece of equipment that can bridge the gap from my every day wheelchair to getting off the beaten path and into the woods again. The High Fives foundation was able to make that someday today. I am very thankful for them to be able to enjoy time with my family in a camping environment where I can be off of concrete surfaces. Growing up I was always very active in the country and I want to be able to have my daughter experience the same upbringing. The High Fives foundation has made this possible.

Client Served

Rating: 5

High fives has made an incredible impact on my life and the lives of so many others. In 2018 I suffered a tragic accident that I shouldn’t have survived. I was 30 feet up a tree when the tree tipped over with me on it. My right leg was crushed and my pelvis shattered. My leg had to be amputated as a result of the injury. As an active individual I’ve had to reshape my approach to staying active and adventurous. High fives provides the tools and support to help individuals reach their goals. The communication and support is first class and I can’t express enough gratitude for what they do. They provide a new lease on life for those who’ve lives have changed and the stoke is infectious!

Colin C.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I found out about High Fives foundation and heard about all the incredible work they do in the adaptive community, I was lucky enough to connect with them and receive such amazing support and be welcomed into their community! They have helped me continue to follow my passion and dreams after losing my leg from a shark attack while surfing, by helping me get a custom adaptive surfboard that could handle the abuse from surfing with my prosthetic. I feel so fortunate to receive all the support from this incredible foundation! Thank you for helping me live more on one leg than I did with two!

MikeGarrison247

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Rating: 5

The High Fives Non-Profit Foundation is truly one of a kind, and provides opportunities like no other to individuals like myself!

August 27, 2006
At the age of 18, I attended a local motocross race that would change my life forever. While trying to make a pass on my best friend for the lead, we collided in mid-air over a jump. We both came crashing to the ground. As best friends we competed to be better than one another at everything…including crashing. I won this battle as he was uninjured in the crash, whereas I had broken my T5 and T6 vertebrae, stretched my spinal cord, collapsed both lungs, suffered severe internal bleeding, and was paralyzed from the chest down.

August 27, 2016 | 10 Years Later
On August 27, 2016, I married the girl of my dreams, who I believe I would have never met had I not been put on such a wild adventure exactly 10 years before.

August 27, 2021 | 15 Years Later
Motocross has made me who I am today, given me the true meaning of life, given me a lifetime of memories, and has inspired me to inspire others. My wife, Britani, has been by my side day in and day for everything from simply getting dressed in the morning to chasing my wildest dreams - yet she has never seen me stand or take a step, let alone ride a dirt bike...UNTIL now.

The High Fives Non-Profit Foundation has provided not only the opportunity for me to ride motocross again using an adaptive bike, but also to share this experience with my wife on our 5-year wedding anniversary, which just happens to be 15 years exactly to the day of when this journey all began in 2006.

High Fives is a dedicated group of individuals who not only bring inspiration, hope, and happiness - they truly make dreams come true, and words cannot express how thankful I am for all that they do.

Client Served

Rating: 5

November 20, 2020 was like any other early season powder day. The stoke to shred was at an all time high! I had dedicated my life to snowboarding since I was 15 years old, working and surrounding myself in the snowboarding/ski culture. I lived and breathed snowboarding, something I would look forward all summer just to get a chance to float on that chowder! The statement "life can change in a blink of an eye" was more true then ever on this day! I planned to jump over a rock and caught my board which sent me forward directly onto another rock. I broke my T9-T10 which lead to a T7-T12 spinal fusion. My life would forever be changed, but the support that I found from CRAIG and High Fives will never be forgotten! The grant which I received will help me to regain my confidence, strength and get me back to doing the things that I loved so much! I wouldn't be where I am at, without the generosity and support from the High Fives Foundation! Each and every athlete is an inspiration to model my life around. I want to give my utmost gratitude to High Fives and all that they have and will do in the future! Keep the shred alive!

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Rating: 5

New Year's Eve 2021 I broke my back snowmobiling in Northern Michigan. I had Covid in early December that made me test positive when admitted to the hospital. The next two weeks were spent in isolation, but my family and High Fives was there for me. People like Roy, Eric, and Landon Facetimed my family and me to keep our spirits high and our heads above water.

Fast forward 7 months and I'm headed out to Reno for the REACH Program. I am so thankful to High Fives for giving me the opportunity for hyper healing, hyper therapy, and hyper outdoors. The friends I'm going to make will last me a lifetime and it's all because people at High Fives care for those in need. I'm so excited!

Client Served

Rating: 5

High Fives Foundation has given me a new surge of hope & motivation for my recovery & rehabilitation since my catastrophic fall & injuries that occurred in October 2020. I fell 33ft onto the floor during an indoor rock climbing gym accident, resulting in two very mangled ankles & 2 fractured vertebrae, but thankfully no paralysis. It has been a very painful & very emotionally difficult 9 months as I struggle to get my mobility & life back, with more surgeries & extensive rehab remaining. I am very grateful for the financial support HIGH FIVES is providing to help give me the best shot at a full recovery. Connection to their support network & goal orientated framework is also helping with my motivation & hope; two things that have been dwindling lately as I struggle to get my mobility back. I am looking forward to brighter days ahead and trying to focus on activities & adventures that I CAN do for now, instead of getting upset at all the things I CAN’T do. THANK-YOU HIGH FIVES FOUNDATION!!

picture is me playing wheelchair tennis a couple months after my accident, trying to make due :)

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Rating: 5

When I broke my back, a nurse in the ER told me to go to my happy place. I closed my eyes and pictures the ocean and began crying. My happy place, the place where everything where everything else melts away, the place that always brings me joy was now one giant inaccessible body of water. I didn’t know what to do. My happy place wasn’t happy anymore. It was a reminder of things I couldn’t do. I sat on the beach and stared at it for so many days feeling angry and sad all at the same time. It broke me to not be able to be in the one place that I knew would make me feel better. Then I found HighFives, and they had a way for me to get not only back in the ocean, but back on a surfboard. My eyes welled with tears the first time I was paddled out to the lineup, and for the first time in months I was filled with hope and happiness. It was like I was saying hi to a friend I hadn’t seen in a long time. It was pure joy and HighFives made it possible. There aren’t words for how grateful I am for not only bring the ocean back into my life, but for bringing hope back as well.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was injured in a downhill skiing accident and sustained a spinal cord injury which left me a paraplegic. Prior to my accident I was an avid hiker, traveler, skier, kickboxer and yoga teacher; needless to say, being active was a huge part of my life. Now that I am a full time wheelchair user my recreational and fitness options are more limited. But being able to participate in adaptive sports and activities has been essential for my healing and re-adjustment to life after injury.

This foundation is incredible and I am extremely grateful for the support they have given me. Not only financial support; but also the emotional support, and network needed to achieve goals after life-changing injury. I am so thankful to be part of a community of like minded adaptive athletes who are chasing their dreams and living life to the fullest.

Major props to the High Fives Foundation for making this possible for myself and many others. Thank you for allowing me to get back to activities that I enjoy and fulfill me, it means the world!

Monica D.2

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Rating: 5

We have had such an incredible and supportive experience with High Fives, and we've only just begun! I supported my brother in applying for one of their grant programs in order to acquire medical, wearable therapy. We are so grateful for their support in achieving these devices as they hold the promise of an increased quality of life. My brother too is a former athlete and we feel immense hope seeing a community of athletes pursuing their passion for sport well after their injury. My brother is enthusiastic to get more involved with this fellowship and we look ahead to the day when he can get back on the slopes, the waves or the road! We're so happy to be here and joining this community/family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

On April 8 2017 (from photo) I was in a crash racing in a US MTB Cup which ended my career and has left me in a very long phase of rehab, consecutive surgeries, and therapy since. The gift that High Fives grant is on my life and my family is immeasurable, it not only decreases the financial burden of therapies but also creates a second family and community with fellow athletes whom are all learning to adapt and live life forward. It's allowing me to redefine purpose in the day to day grind of rehab by bringing a shared sense of hope knowing how full life can be and not alone.

Client Served

Rating: 5

On October 18, 2020 I sustained a T4 spinal cord injury while downhill mountain biking. Word got out in the mountain biking community of Vermont and before I knew it I was getting phone calls from Roy Tuscany and Kelly Brush. It was so great to hear from them both that I WOULD be able to get back out there and do what I love to do. It has only been 9 months, and I’ve had a lot of medical set backs, so I haven’t been able to get outside too much yet, but High Fives awarded me a grant for a MyoCycle FES bike, so while I’m not outside biking yet, I can work on retaining my leg muscle mass! It will also be so nice to be able to get exercise on those too cold, too snowy Vermont days :)
Thank you so much High Fives and I hope too see you out on the trails asap!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have seen high-fives sponsor and support so many athletes to get back to doing the things they love. For me, they have made it possible to get more therapy and work towards getting back to the things I care about.

Rob Lynn

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Rating: 5

I got paralyzed snowboarding February 11, 1999. Since my injury I have played a lot of wheelchair sports around the United States. The one sport I have missed and thought I would never do again was mountain biking. At first it was because they didn’t make off-road hand cycles. Nowadays they make them but they are way out of my price range. With the grant from the High Fives Foundation my 20 year dream is now becoming a reality. I can’t wait to get back on the trails and go places I haven’t seen in over 20 years. I thank the High Fives Foundation for this and I look forward to helping them with their mission to help others.

Client Served

Rating: 5

After sustaining C2 spinal cord injury while mountain biking, I thought my days of adventure were over. Thanks to the High Fives Foundation I will be back on the trails enjoying life again soon.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Two years ago I sustained a C7 injury in a cycling accident. High fives has given me the opportunity to return to sport and has greatly exceeded my expectations with the level of support. I have received a grant for a monoski through them which will enable me to ski independently again. It is a great foundation with a large level of support that drives you to keep pushing toward your goals

Mat Andrew

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Rating: 5

What a year 2020 has been , COVID shut down my job as a DJ but the good thing was I got to Bike everyday which has been one of my favourite things to do over the last 30 years as well as Snowboarding.
On October 2nd 2020 I was mountain biking , went off a jump too fast sending me over the bars and landing on my head resulting in breaking my neck in several places an crushing my spinal cord.
After 2 months in VGH Vancouver and 4 months in GF Strong im now a c7 complete , paralyzed from the chest down, luckily my arms are strong and hands are compromised but work ok.

i have been a avid mountain biker since being a kid going from BMX to trials then Mountain Biking , In 94 I discovered Snowboarding in Austria then moved to Canada the following year to Live in the BC Mountains.i would alternate seasons biking then snowboarding so now with this disability I have really missed being out in the mountains.
During my 6 months in Hospital I had lots of time to think. Reflect and research any new ways to be able to enjoy the outdoors. One thing ive learned is most disability equipment is super expensive and can be overwhelming thinking about getting back into.
After lots of research I saw things like the Bowhead bikes and friends told me about High Fives non profit foundation who provide camps that allow people to try new adaptive ways to get back into sports they loved to do prior to their accident, they also award generous grants that help people afford equipment to return to the outdoors independently.
Their athletes such as
Landon McGauley , Mike Shaw , Trevor Kenninson and Al Wilson have also been an amazing help and resource for learning whats out there too.
Thanks so much for everything you guys do to help the SCI community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The people at High Five are absolutely incredible! I feel so supported. They provide amazing grants to get people active and living their best lives after experiencing tragic injuries. I can't wait to continue to work with them in the future!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The folks at High Fives visited me in the hospital after a life-changing injury. The conversation I had with their team member showed me that life goes on, and gave me hope and inspiration to carry on. Their support since then has been incredible, as well as their great communication. This is a wonderful group of people that truly care! Thanks guys and gals!

Shane H.2

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Rating: 5

High Fives reached out to me while I was at Craig Hospital after a SCI from breaking my C5 vertebrae in a mountain biking accident. They assured me that my fun on the mountain is not over, but may have only just begun. With exclusive access to camps and funding to keep the stoke alive, I am super pumped to be able to call myself a High Fives Athlete.

cwaker

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Rating: 5

I had spent the majority of my life traveling the world as a competitive snowboarder and most recently an elite level coach. After a life-changing injury high-fives reached out to let me know I was not alone through this process and there is a communityWaiting for me to return to what I love. Thank you high-fives!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was injured with a Traumatic Brain Injury while rock climbing on the Tennessee wall in July 2020. I have come a long way but I still require intensive therapy. My goal is to go back to finishing my education, able to be independent and enjoy the nature and the outdoors. I am grateful to have received such a precious gift from High Fives Foundation that will not only support me financially but also emotionally by introducing me to amazing people who share the same love of the outdoors as I do. I have been truly blessed to be part of this wonderful community. Thank you so much High Fives Foundation.